Sunday, April 24, 2016

Flawless spring weekend!!




Time //  8:58

Eating // Nothing yet...maybe cheerios with brown sugar in a bit

Drinking // Three guesses

Weather // Beyond beautiful!! 75 sunny, grass already mown, tulips in bloom...ahhhhh

LISTENING TO // Prince...over and over. So sad. Moline is just a few minutes from here. Believe it or not, there weren't a ton of rumors flying about his stop there. Except that he got the 'save shot'. 

READING:// People of the Book ~ Geraldine Brooks


I'm not very far into this yet and I actually took a break from it to complete and audio book (the audio book was a d/l from the library and it has a 10 day expiration.) Sorry to say, I hadn't missed it very much when I was away from it.

Goodreads blurb: n 1996, Hanna Heath, an Australian rare-book expert, is offered the job of a lifetime: analysis and conservation of the famed Sarajevo Haggadah, which has been rescued from Serb shelling during the Bosnian war. Priceless and beautiful, the book is one of the earliest Jewish volumes ever to be illuminated with images. When Hanna, a caustic loner with a passion for her work, discovers a series of tiny artifacts in its ancient binding—an insect wing fragment, wine stains, salt crystals, a white hair—she begins to unlock the book’s mysteries. The reader is ushered into an exquisitely detailed and atmospheric past, tracing the book’s journey from its salvation back to its creation. 
Inspired by a true story, People of the Book is at once a novel of sweeping historical grandeur and intimate emotional intensity, an ambitious, electrifying work by an acclaimed and beloved author.


Watching //  I may turn the set on for a bit, but Netflix has been so disappointing with their new additions I rarely have it on. Got to share Jurassic World with my friend Audrey. She hadn't seen it yet, so that's always fun to see reactions to the end. She guessed all the plot devices exactly where I did. She's my movie twin. 


Music // Too sad to say much else... He was pretty Iconic in my life..What can I say, I'm an 80's girl. 



Blogging // ...but I think of you so often little blog, I really do!

Acquisitions // I've become pretty adept at using this handy dandy service provided to Iowa Library patrons. (not in Iowa? ask!! I'll bet your Library has one too)

I can download ebooks or audiobooks. I can open the files on my phone, aux cable in my car and viola... no physical acquisitions needed. 

This is helping me manage my over abundant collection!!

Hating  // Woke up with severe pain in my wrist!! I can move it, can't do my hair, can't type with my left hand... this is not good! I'm doing the RICE thing. It has to get better soon!

Loving //  20 days until my trip to....


Writing// is still going well but I had a small faux pas. I wrote about it more on my writing blog https://laurabettag.wordpress.com/  I don't get over there to post very often either. 

Time... such a painful thing. 

Avoiding //   I finally decided to keep my house. I'm giving away my packing boxes. I still don't like it, but it'll do.  I'll give it 5 years. So now I guess I better settle in. Fix what I hate and make it mine.
Back to that time thing... I wish wish wish I had time to participate in..

To all you who did... Yay you guys!! To all of you who are did a donation in conjunction with pages read DOUBLY YAY!!

Hopefully I can get by some read-a-thon-ers blogs and do some late cheerleading at least. 

Sunday, March 13, 2016

Out of hibernation...




Time //  11:18

Eating // Oatmeal now, chili for later

Drinking // Coffee. With me there is no alternative apparently

Weather // Rainy which is AWESOME because it's not snowy. As a matter of fact, IT"S SPRING!!

LISTENING TO // Nothing at the moment. I have no audio book going at all. Weird for me.





READING:// About 20 pages from the end of Blame ~ Michelle Huneven

This has been an amazing book. So much true to life emotion. 

Goodreads blurb: The story: Patsy MacLemoore, a history professor in her late twenties with a brand-new Ph.D. from Berkeley and a wild streak, wakes up in jail yet again--after another epic alcoholic blackout. "Okay, what'd I do?"? she asks her lawyer and jailers. "I really don't remember."? She adds, jokingly: "Did I kill someone?"

Forgiveness, blame, and responsibility all wrapped up and intermixed...right up to the game changing end. 

this is a deserved award winner guys and a book that should get more mainstream attention. Beautifully, simply written, the grit and the grist show through as well as the longing, remorse, and love. 

Read it! Love it!! Contemplate it!!

Watching //  Not much... sort of out of ideas that strike my fancy



Music // Still Nothing of note... no pun intended. Except back to some soundtracks while I write.

Blogging // Well since the last post was January..... 

Acquisitions // On Writing ~ Stephen King Hardback ~ 1st Edition ~ MINT

My Aunt texted me and said she wanted to drop off a book I might like. She left it with a note. "Thought you might enjoy this. I did and I'm not even a writer." She had no idea that I'm a HUGE SK collector!! OR that I didn't have this yet. My daughter has a recent paperback copy, but for my collection, I didn't have one. I'm so THRILLED that a) she thinks of me as a writer and b) that universe brought me this great book!! Thanks Aunt Bonnie!! It was a crappy couple of weeks that you brightened up!! 


Hating  // Commuting. Period. Still just hate it. Oh... and my used elliptical for $20 bucks? well folks, you get what you pay for....

Loving // SPRINGSPRINGSPRINGSPRINGSPRING!!! I LOVE SPRING!!!!


Writing// is going well. hence the lack of blog posts. AND!! I've had a piece picked up for the next annual edition of a local journal (literary and more) called the Wapsipinicon Almanac...

An annual regional collection of fiction, essays and reviews. Produced via letterpress in Anamosa, Iowa. 

He hand picks some of his contributors and some, like myself, are lucky enough to garner a nod from a queried submission. This is big digs!! I'm much prouder of my inclusion in The Almanac than my paid gig for Buckmasters a few years ago. I went to an Indie Bookstore hosted reading celebrating this latest issue and was brought to both raucous laughter and chin-quivering tears by the works. I'm humbled to be among them now. 
I wrote and delivered my annual Wednesday-during-Lent-lay-person sermon, and it went well.

I have submission in for the literary magazine of the University of Iowa, The Iowa Review. (I'm pushing the envelope with that one perhaps. But hey! who knows!)
And class is going well too, 

so I'm encouraged to say the least!

Avoiding //   My basement and garage right now. I haven't finished my office, but I've attended to it somewhat. 

Yay Spring! 



Sunday, January 17, 2016

Mid-January Blues




Time //  1:42

Eating // nothing much because there's nothing much here to eat today. 

Drinking // Coffee. But..drat I was hoping to be able to say water. Not yet though.

Weather // January in Iowa. It's -7 right now with a wind chill of -30. Oh joy. But they sky is so blue! The sun is so bright. So it seriously could be worse. 

LISTENING TO // Grace (Eventually) ~ Anne Lamott

Funny yet astute, touching and poignant... Very good book.. but I wish I'd read it rather than listened to it.

READING:// At Home in Mitford ~ Jan Karon
This has been a book for me I'm relishing like good dark chocolate! Still working on this. Have had some deadlines that had me putting it aside for a bit. 

FINISHED:// One Thousand Gifts ~ Ann Voskamp
Review coming soon. 



Watching //  Rememberance films. 




So sad. Way to young.. Way too soon.

Music // Nothing of note... no pun intended

Blogging // Nothing much.

Acquisitions // Galley arrived in the mail to read and review. 
Love it when I get these. They always arrive just out of the blue. Except this one didn't forward from my old address and the post office charged me 5.90 to get it from them. grrr.


Also picked up a copy of:
More on this momentarily...

Hating  // Commuting. Period. I hate being detached from my home town. I didn't think I would but I feel like I'm not attached to anything going on in the town I work in..and I don't particularly want to be, and I'm missing out on what's happening in the town I'm from. I'm not able to help as much with events or volunteer my time. These are things I'd never had to deal with before. 
And my daughter (all healed up from the tonsils) is back at school. It really hit me this time and I'm missing her so much already. 

Loving // I found a used elliptical for 20 bucks. It'll due to get me through the winter

Writing // this semester sees me in a University of Iowa, Iowa Writers Workshop Novel writing class!!!! I'm so pumped for this! That's what the novel Blame is for. I have a good feeling about this. 

Avoiding //   Still Still Still same... I need to finish my office. I made a tiny bit of progress. 

Never did my New Year's resolution. 
So I'll just put it as SALT... same as last time :)

How many more days in January?? Really?

At least Tuesday I get to go to a Lay servant planning meeting for ... LENT!! Yay! Lent and Easter = spring :) 

STAY WARM!!



Sunday, December 27, 2015

Mid- Holiday musings Sunday Salon



Time //  11:12

Eating // left over crepe with french vanilla creme and strawberry filling topped with pure locally crafted maple syrup 







Drinking // Coffee. But not very quickly

Weather // Terrifying! Ice and snow for tomorrow and I have a 70 mile round trip to work. That has to change. I just can't do this commute in winter. 

LISTENING TO // 

STILL....
I haven't started this yet... I've been experimenting with silence in the car for a bit.


READING:// At Home in Mitford ~ Jan Karon
This has been a book for me I'm relishing like good dark chocolate!

Also... got an email for a discounted book courtesy of Net Galley and chose 
I've gone through a myriad of emotion since I started it yesterday. I'm halfway done. It's a digital edition or I'd have it all marked up... not all in compliance either.. Oh I may have some things to say about that. 


Watching // Harry Potter Marathon... at this writing Goblet of Fire is on..


I'm dying for the time to slow down and have a re-read. I haven't read them since I first read them out loud to my daughters because they couldn't fully read a book like that yet... my daughters are 20 and 21 now. 



Music // Did some Christmas Carols this week anyway

Blogging // Nothing much done this week but hopefully in the weeks to come.

Acquisitions // My daughter listens.. I had a very beat up paperback copy of The Gunslinger, book one of Stephen King's Dark Tower series... and one of my all time favorites, and she got me a nice fresh copy!! And she followed my quest rules too so I can count it!

Hating  // Commuting in winter. We will see what tomorrow brings.

Loving // A picture perfect holiday. 

Writing // Had my daughter read my chapter 1 draft... she wasn't that impressed. Lots of work to do apparently. 

Avoiding //   Still same... I need to finish my office. 

Next week? The inevitable New Year's Resolution post. I love these !!!

Both my girls were home and not one picture. what is wrong with us? 

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Sunday before Christmas Salon



Time //  1:24 ~ how did it get so late already??

Eating // nothing..lots of popsicles in the house. 

Drinking // Coffee with Hazelnut creamer... I"m treating myself

Weather // Perfect!! I went shopping without my coat and was 100% comfortable

LISTENING TO // 

I haven't started this yet... I've been experimenting with silence in the car for a bit.


READING:// At Home in Mitford ~ Jan Karon
Haven't made much progress but still really enamored with this sweet book!


Watching // Netflix from time to time. My Youngest Angel is home after having her tonsils out at 20. If you've ever heard that it's harder as an adult.... believe it!!
She won't let me watch many Christmas movies which is killin' me!!



Practical Magic is the wrong holiday, I know... BUT it's still a great movie ;)

Music // Back to soundtracks... getting ready for the new Star Wars. 

Blogging // Better! And with ideas to boot!

Acquisitions // Nothing.. status quo which is very good!!

Hating  // That my baby girl is in pain. She had her tonsils out on Wednesday. Next day and Friday were ok, Friday night started nothing staying down. Saturday night we were in the ER. Bolus of fluids and a script for zofran and things are better. Still tons of pain during this stage.. the scabs are about to let go. I'd give anything to take this for her... Christmas will be mashed potatoes if she can and popsicles..maybe pudding too. 

Loving // Finding truly perfect gifts. Makes my heart sing.

Writing // Working on the book revision. Have a time to meet with an editor of a small press publication to submit an essay...fingers crossed y'all!!

Avoiding //   Same as last week....Setting up my office and actually doing my own A/P set up. I really need to be a better money steward. 

OH and I may have my trailer (which odd as it is to say, I very much loved!!) sold to the most deserving wonderful couple!! I wish I could GIVE it to them. Every meet people like that in life...you just want to encourage them and bless them? I love these guys!


Like all of YOU!! I hope the Holidays (what ever you may celebrate) bring you much love, joy, and peace!!